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Being that this weeks assignment is only to read the first 8 book of The Odyssey it is hard to determine what all of the underlying themes of this piece might be However in the first set of required reading specifically in the first two books I found a number of themes including revenge as well as power I see revenge evident in the situation in Odysseus household The suitors exhibit extremely offensive behavior due to Odysseuss absence because they think he is dead Some are hoping to marry Penelope and hopefully become the new king and many are just taking advantage of his absence Loyalty as well as devotion to the Greek Gods is ever-present in Book 3 as we see a comparison of Agmemnon to virtually every event that has occurred in the history of Ithaca Telemachus seems to encourage the telling of this story because he truly wants to learn and encourages Nestor The story of his death seems to serve as a warning of the dangers that lie in not possessing loyalty He was murdered by his cousin and his wife while away at war and his death was avenged by his two children also another example of revenge in the story who later killed his cousin and wife It is interesting to note that Agmemons tragic fate is also mentioned in further works including that of Sophocles as well as 20th century author Eugene ONeill Antinous introduces power when he tests Telemachuss capacity to reign He mockingly acknowledged the princes right to rule but he hopes that Zeus will never make him king of Ithaca As Fagles and Knox point out Odysseuss son wouldnt likely inherit the thrown he would have to prove he was worthy of it Antinous would likely defeat Telemachus and take the crown with Zuess approval This power struggle is clearly evident Finally all the way through Book 8 there is a reappearing
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